Prairie Doggin’ on the Northern Plains

It’s not perfectly flat, but you can see for miles. The Northern Plains is the result of a once inland sea. Eons of heavy soil deposits, remains of pre-historic dinosaurs, decayed vegetation have come together to produce a fertile grassland pockmarked with some foothills. Waterways ha
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Back in the Radio Saddle

They say what goes around, comes around. If that be the case, I had a Yogi Bera, “Déjà vu all over again” moment yesterday. I sort of got my start in this outdoor writing business with a radio show on a little 10,000-watt station in Fresno, California, in the mid-’90s. When the statio
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Pouring Bullets

I am continually amazed at how few shooters handload ammunition. A box of 50 rounds of practice .38 Special ammo can easily lighten your wallet by $30 or more. Even 9mm full-metal-jacket ammo can go for 30 cents a round at the budget store. Add a jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullet, an
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Some Thoughts on Riflescopes

The optical sight—commonly referred to as a scope—has been with us for quite a while. Experimenters began trying to utilize a magnifying optical sight as far back as the 17th century. The first practical riflescope came about in the mid-1800s. Scopes were utilized during the War Betwe
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Liver Eating Johnson

I have recently been reading Crow Killer by Raymond W. Thorp, first published in 1959. It is a chronology of the life of John Johnson—born Garrison, he took the name Johnson after deserting during the Mexican-American War—who carried on a long vendetta against the Crow tribe of Montan
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Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way

If any of you have been wondering whether I have just gotten lazy with this sudden onset of summer, the answer is “yes and no.” We have finally dried out a bit, so I can get outside and get some things done. My friend from church who I am teaching to shoot wanted another lesson, and w
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The Ultimate Arctic Adventure

I have been blessed with the opportunity to hunt in several places over the world. There is something to be said for the collector mentality of some hunters. The variety of animals, their habits and habitats, along with local-devised tactics for success provides a fascinating backgrou
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Judgment…or a Lack Thereof

I got into a discussion with a hunter recently regarding the ethics of shooting running game. His position was that there are no circumstances where it would be appropriate to shoot at a running game animal. I asked him whether it was proper to shoot at a running animal if it was alre
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Bitten in the Butt by My Own Words

Earlier this week I received a forwarded e-mail wanting me to “keep my word” regarding further exploration of the .30 TC cartridge. Some five years ago after the cartridge was introduced I did a hunt with the cartridge in Montana, and I mentioned in a blog that I’d like to explore the
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We Hold These Hunting Truths to be Self Evident

If you see clear skies and don’t take your rain gear to the stand, in twenty minutes it will start raining a gully-washer. Camp cots are just wide enough to make you think you can roll over in your sleep…right up to the time you hit the floor. You will always remember that critical pi
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